If you’re staying in a design hotel, Rome is an ideal place to spend your first week or so of sightseeing. It’s a city best explored on foot, so you can marvel at the beauty of its architecture and landmarks whilst doing a little local shopping.
If you’re a shopaholic, you’ll love the Italian capital. Ancient crafts, markets and eclectic shops cover the city – and it’s easy to get lost in the shadows of the fascinating stalls selling jewellery, wooden statues, artwork and more. Travellers have been visiting this diverse city for decades, and many of the main attractions remain the same today.
Of course, some of the best shops are found in bustling cafes and streets, but there are also many hidden gems in the city’s more historic areas. If you have your own design hotel, Rome is an excellent place to visit – your own ‘town centre’ Italian style!
Where to find the best designer clothes and handbags
Your design hotel will probably be able to provide you with a free map of the city, so you can check out the streets ahead of time and plan your itinerary. A lot of great shopping can be done in the Italian capital on a first stop, but don’t miss out on Frascati shops, which are considered among the best in the city. Famous designer shops include ones such as Max Brenner, John Galliano, Giorgio Armani, Burkardo Machado and committees like sportswear giant Nike.
For upmarket bags, head to Pozzo amongst other streets in the area. handbags by designers like Gucci and Hermes are some of the most expensive items you can buy in the city, so it’s worth knowing the shops where their flagship items are sold. Conversely, bargains can be found by savvy tourists in the less pricey shops of Grittyle and Debenham. Space is an issue in some of these stores, so it’s advisable to buy in large quantities.
odds on Roman currency, coins and bills
The standard Roman coins and bills out to the late 4th century BC are small and look rather quaint on modern currency panels. However, some shops throughout the city still accept them as legal tender. You will also come across the odd ATM machine in some of the larger shopping precincts.
lighting throughout the city is good and most places have outdoor lighting where you can enjoy the evening and stunning views of the stunning Roman skyline. Line dancing is a popular tourist attraction, and you will get a taste of authentic Roman tennis, accompanied by a band, on most nightspots.
Cannon balls are a delicacy, available in several restaurants. Although peanuts are considered a plumbing article, they are not considered food – so take care if you snack on them.
smoking is perfectly acceptable in Rome and in many of the cafes. However, there is a strict dress code enforced in most theatres and restaurants, as well as in public buildings.
Staying in authentic Rome hotels, you will probably be prepared to venture off the beaten track and expose yourself to the more unusual foods of the city. So, while you will be offered foods such as risotto all the time, it is good to know that you are also welcome to try the more unusual offerings.
Either eat at your hotel or venture out for some quality Roman cuisine. For example, there are many tricos located close to the venues and venues of your Rome design hotel. One of the more famous trici is the Stazione Templi di San Silvestro, which serves up delicious authentic Roman cuisine.
Though it has become a bit of a restaurant cliché, anyone who visits San Lorenzo or San Giorgio will find a wide selection of excellent locally sourced ingredients in the restaurants on the majority of the streets. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask the waiter for the menu Europa, with the name of each dish indicated by an emblem, to help ensure you get the best food Rome has to offer.
Pasta is as much a food as it is a designer’s label, with chains of shops to suit all palates. We recommend trying the cruccante de piste, the type of pasta that seems to permeate the city. More elaborate than gnocchi, it is creamy and rich, with a good selection of fresh ingredients. Inyanikos is our favourite, offering a good selection of strong flavours, including the good olives and anchovies, plus theocus, a seafood stew.
Two other good places to get a good pasta are Our Lady of the Lake and Cecilia, which serves up the type of fresh, local ingredients that we were told are the best in town. Both places serve traditional Roman cuisine, which is excellent, but not over-the-top in flavour.